Posted Feb. 5, 2008 – A federal judge has ruled that ex-Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is entitled to keep all but $3.75 million of nearly $20 million in bonus pay he received from the Atlanta Falcons.
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Vick, who is serving a prison term after pleading guilty to charges of illegal dog-fighting in Virginia, sought to recover the bonuses paid by his former team from 2004-2007. The Falcons argue that Vick used proceeds from his contract to finance his illicit activities. The NFL players union succeeded in getting a judge to overturn an initial decision that Vick would forfeit the cash.
"It makes no sense that an individual who willfully violates his contract is entitled to be paid tens of millions of dollars, even though he is in jail and providing no services whatsoever to his employer," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says.
Vick is still expected to face state charges, in addition to his federal prison sentence.
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